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Christian Convert, Walid Shoebat, Bashes Islam On Fox&Friends

Reported by Priscilla - September 8, 2009 -

Fox&Friends do seem to love those who don’t love Islam. In the past month we had Frank Gaffney and Brigitte Gabriel promoting fear of creeping American Sharia law in conjunction with the Rifqa Bary case. And now we have Islamophobe Walid Shoebat, a darling of the neo-con and rapture ready, fundamentalist Christians, chastising Muslims who didn’t speak out vociferously against the release of the Lockerbie bomber Al Megrahi. His new book was also promoted – “God’s War On Terror – Islam, Prophecy, and the Bible.” No bias there, nosireee!!! But as Fox lovers frequently say, Fox&Friends is “an opinion show” so there’s no requirement that they be fair, balanced, or even accurate. Hmmmm, love the smell of propaganda in the morning!

Brain (whoops Brian) Kilmeade scored propaganda point number one when he asked why peaceful Muslims weren’t outraged by the release of al Megrahi. He introduced his guest, Walid Shoebat, as a former terrorist and former member of the PLO. He didn’t mention that Shoebat, whose connection with terrorism is based on his claim, converted to Christianity and now is an “ardent Zionist.” The second conservative Christian talking point was worked in quickly when Kildmeade (not a theologian) asked “Why doesn’t forgiveness resonate in the Muslim community and that’s the kind of forgiveness that the Scots and British gave to this guy.” (So– Islam isn’t nice like Christianity because they don’t forgive people or is it that the bomber and Muslim community didn’t ask for forgiveness. I don’t think the writing for this segment was clear.) Shoebat explained that Islam has no tradition of confession and gave a litany of Muslim dynasties that engaged in massacres and rapes (and Christianity doesn’t!) and had no “confession” about them. The chyron – “Where’s the Outrage, Muslim world silent on Megrahi release.” He referenced how, in Turkey, talk of the Armenian genocide is suppressed. He spoke of “collective denials” about the release of the bomber. The chyron read “Releasing a monster, closer look at Megrahi’s release.” Shoebat, not a Muslim theologian, said that in Islam, murdering a non Muslim is not punishable by death as it would be if a Muslim were murdered. Kilmeade said, sarcastically, “That’s a nice little addendum to our 10 commandments. In response to a question about whether’s Gaddafi’s son was “playing us,” Shoebat asked why Gaddafi named his son “the sword of Islam” if Islam is a peaceful religion. Shoebat looked back, nostalgically, to Reagan’s bombing of Libya which “brought us decades of peace” and now they’re “testing our forgiveness.” Kilmeade scored another propaganda point, “maybe they’re testing our weakness” and encouraged his viewers to read Shoebat’s biography because Shoebat has a “great perspective, you’re not just speaking off the cuff, you studied all religions and came to this conclusion.”

Comment: Walid Shoebat has a “great perspective?” Excuse me, but he is a rather shady character with strong partisan and religious views. He is not a religious scholar; but somebody who is paid to give lectures on “jihad ideology.” Interestingly, he has been endorsed by Frank Gaffney as a “righteous Arab who speaks for Israel.” He preached about being saved by Jesus at the Air Force Academy. He has claimed that Obama is a Muslim. So obviously he’s perfect for spreading the perfunctory anti Islamic Fox message – but ”fair and balanced” – not even close. And to those who say that Fox “opinion shows” need not be fair, balanced, and accurate, I would say that even “opinion shows” have a responsibility to convey some semblance of accuracy and provide background on the speaker that tells the whole story. This morning’s Fox&Friends audience is given the impression that neo-con, radical Christian, Islam hater Walid Shoebat is an authority on Islam, that Muslims are allowed to kill non Muslims, and that Muslims (unlike Christians) aren’t required to seek forgiveness and that peaceful Muslims are bad because they haven’t condemned the release of the bomber. The message(s) were a little confusing. But it’s just an opinion show, so it’s all good.